Quotes to Inspire Great Reading Teachers: A Reflective Tool for Advancing Students' Literacy

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These quotes will inspire reflection on your teaching and provide tools to inspire your students, too!

Teachers will find a year’s worth of thought-provoking quotations by thinkers from in and out of education, from across centuries and cultures. Tied to themes of best teaching practice and reading domains, including goal setting, comprehension, vocabulary building, assessment, and collaboration, these quotes give you a daily way to deepen your reflection and critical thinking. The book also shows how to use the quotes in the classroom to directly foster improvement of your students’ literacy, metacognitive skills, and goal setting, and at the same time introduce them to some of the greatest names in history and literature.

Following each quote, this inspirational guide includes:

Three reflective questions relating the core idea of the quote to teaching practices
Lesson prompts that provide ways to use the quote with your students
Literature links that identify books for K through 2, 3 through 8, and 9 through 12 and how to use them to extend student learning and thinking related to the quote

The authors have created a unique resource to help you deepen your thinking. It can be used alone or as a companion book to Reading First and Beyond (Block & Israel, 2005), which offers research-based practices for reading instruction. Don’t miss this great opportunity to enrich your teaching practices as well as your students’ literacy!

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Editorial Reviews

Education Libraries
"This curriculum book includes quotations from thinkers in and out of education, from many cultures and eras. Each quote is associated with teaching practice and reading domains."
Wisconsin Bookwatch
"An excellent resource of ideas for creative and motivational lessons in reading, language, and literature."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412926485
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Collins Block is a Professor of Education at Texas Christian University. She has taught every grade level from preschool to graduate school, and was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association from 2002-2005. She has served or is presently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Reading Conference. Nobel Learning Communities, IBM Educational Board of Directors, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She presently serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Educational Psychology, Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, National Reading Conference Yearbook, and America Tomorrow. She has written more than 30 books and 80 research-based articles relative to literacy instruction and teacher education. She has also served or is serving on several elementary/middle school authorial writing teams for public/private school textbooks and literacy curriculum materials. She has written for Walt Disney Corporation, PBS Television Stations and other national media companies. She has received numerous honors as a teacher, including Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who in the World.

Susan E. Israel is an independent researcher, writer, and literacy consultant and currently serves as Presidentand Directorof Reading Alliance for Catholic Educationin Indiana, where she works with small and large corporations to enhance literacy products. Her special research interests are in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, and child-mind development as it relates to literacy processes. Israel served as assistant professor at the University of Dayton, and in 2005 she was awarded the University’s Panhellenic Council Outstanding Professor Award. She has also served on the national faculty at the University of Notre Dame Summer Program, where she taught reading and language arts methods. A former elementary teacher, she was awarded the 1998 teacher-researcher grant from the International Reading Association (IRA). Having been an active member of the IRA for over a decade, she has served on a number of IRA committees and interest groups and recently was president of the History of Literacy Special Interest Group. In addition, she has been active with the National Reading Conference. Israel has authored, coauthored, or edited over 15 books and volumes and is the senior editor of the recently published comprehensive volume, Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension (Israel & Duffy, 2008). Other recent publications include Teachers Taking Action: A Comprehensive Guide to Teacher Research (with Cynthia Lassonde, 2008), Reading First and Beyond (with Cathy Collins Block, 2005), Collaborative Literacy (2006), Shaping the Reading Field (2007), Poetic Possibilities (2006), and Quotes to Inspire Great Reading Teachers (2006).

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Table of Contents

Themed collection 1 : making meaningful connections 5
Themed collection 2 : setting valuable goals 29
Themed collection 3 : using assessment to excel 43
Themed collection 4 : building blocks for success 55
Themed collection 5 : word power equals knowledge 71
Themed collection 6 : expanding our opportunity 87
Themed collection 7 : thinking to obtain meaning 103
Themed collection 8 : identifying our strengths 119
Themed collection 9 : work, study skills, and writing 133
Themed collection 10 : literacy worlds 147
Themed collection 11 : collaborative communities at school and home 161
Favorite additional quotes from teachers and students 175
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